360 Degrees Challenge
- Date: 2011
- Lead Organisation: Young People Services
- Contact Person: Mark Stephenson
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Phone: 01772 299830
- Project Focus: Increasing Participation
- Focus Group: Young People
- Setting: Youth Service
360 Degrees was a project for young people which brings together opportunities around both the sporting and cultural Olympiad. It's a way of involving young people in activities which raise the profile of the unique opportunity which the London 2012 Olympics present to the UK. The idea of a cycling challenge came from young people through a consultation exercise with the partners above.
The young people decided that the 360 degrees challenge will be a 5 day cycling challenge to ride around Lancashire stopping off at different venues and events that young people had arranged locally. These local activities included art projects and different activities that young people could get involved with.
Sportivate Lancashire provided a 6 week coaching programme for 15 young people who wanted to take part in this challenge. The coaching programme led by instructors from CTC gave young people the skills, knowledge and training to ensure they are competent and safe cyclists to ensure they can complete and enjoy the 5 day challenge.
The exit route for the Sportivate Project was to inspire the participants to take part in the challenging ride around Lancashire over a 5 day period. The 5 day ride also included guest riders from local clubs who joined for different legs of the tour. The Sportivate programme and the challenge itself was a catalyst for these new riders to continue to take part in cycling through increase confidence on the roads as well the physical improvements through the training programme and the challenge itself.
The Sportivate 360 degrees Challenge also supported the Sportivate by launching Sportivate Lancashire on the penultimate day of the 5 day challenge at the Preston Grand Prix Cycle Race. Sportivate was also able to inspire these young people as they got to understand the Sportivate programme more, got to see professional cyclists race and even meet and chat to olympic medalist Chris Newton.
The 360 Degree Sportivate programme was a huge success and really did inspire these young people as well as young people they met on their way.
This Sportivate project is a great example of strong partnership working, it linked in so many partners who helped deliver a truly unique project that inspired far more young people than took part in the programme.
For images of the Sportivate Lancashire Launch with the young people on the 360 degrees challenge please click on the link below: